Lamar Odom and the NBA's 5 Most Disappointing Players of the 2011-2012 Season
This NBA season was destined to be a crazy one from the start.
The shortened season, the condensed schedule, the never-ending Dwight Howard trade rumors (you know you're sick of them too).
There have been some pleasant surprises to the season thus far (Ricky Rubio, the 76ers playing well, the Boston Celtics struggling) and some not-so-pleasant starts for some teams and players.
Whether it be a lockout hangover or just a rough start, these five players need to turn their games around quickly.
What in the world is going on with Devin Harris?
The former Wisconsin star was supposed to counter a dominant Jazz frontcourt this season since Utah passed on point guards Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker in the draft.
Harris has been, to put it nicely, a disaster thus far.
His scoring has nearly been cut in half from a year ago, from 15.8 to 8.1 points per game, thanks in large part to his 35 percent shooting.
Despite being the team's starting point guard and having players like Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Derrick Favors to pass to, Harris only averages 4.6 assists a game.
Don't be surprised if the Jazz move him if his poor play continues and/or trade one of their big men for a replacement point guard.
The Wizards have a ton of young talent but still find themselves at the bottom of the NBA this season.
Andray Blatche is a major reason why.
Coming off a career year last season, Blatche has seen a decrease in his points, rebounds, assists, steals and shooting percentage despite seeing almost the same amount of playing time.
Always one carried by physical gifts but questionable discipline and maturity, Blatche has already been moved out of the starting lineup once and recently enjoyed an 0-of-7 shooting night against the Denver Nuggets.
For the season, Blatche is lighting the arena up to the tune of 37.9 percent shooting and a PER of under 11.
Washington fans have taken to booing Blatche often this season, with the ultimate being a fan yelling comparisons to former Wizard bust Kwame Brown.
Jason Kidd has been in the NBA since new episodes of Full House were still on ABC.
The 38-year-old 17-year NBA vet certainly has lower expectations for his role now in the league, but his game has gone into a full-fledged nosedive this season.
Kidd is one bad game away from shooting under 30 percent, his assist numbers (5.4 per game) are a career low and even Sean Williams is outscoring him (4.7 to 4.5) despite playing 5.7 minutes a game.
In the last year of his contract and enduring a historically poor year, this will certainly be Kidd's final season in the NBA.
Last year's Sixth Man of the Year had his feelings hurt before the season even began when the Los Angeles Lakers tried to trade him to the New Orleans Hornets in the failed Chris Paul deal.
Instead of putting up with a pouty Odom, L.A. traded him for essentially nothing to the Dallas Mavericks in what looked like a steal for the Mavs.
What Dallas has gotten, however, has been an out-of-shape, unmotivated 32-year-old with a player efficiency rating of under nine.
His 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game are nearly half of his career average, and his 33.3 shooting percentage even has Ben Wallace laughing.
I understand Odom had a lot going on in the offseason that made him almost take a year off, but as long as he's accepting checks from Mark Cuban, he needs to step up his game.
John Salmons returned to Sacramento in a draft-day trade that was meant to bring some veteran leadership and scoring to a young Kings team.
It's turned out to be Salmons, though, whose play has resembled that of a rookie.
The stat line is a disaster. Despite starting every game for the Kings, Salmons is averaging only 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.8 minutes per game on 35.5 percent shooting.
His PER of 8.09 is among the worst on the team, even lower than backup small forward Francisco Garcia.
With three years and $24 million left on his contract, Salmons would be tough to move. His play has to pick up for the Kings to keep the nine-year vet in the starting lineup.
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